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The Brooklyn Museum has amassed one of the largest and most diverse collections in the United States. Its vast holdings range from the ancient to the contemporary and encompass virtually all the world's principal cultures, reflecting the institution's long history of acquiring Western and non-Western art.

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by Jules Breton
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by Isidro Escamilla
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by Yi Chong
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The sixteenth-century ink-wash painting, a type rarely found outside Korean collections, uses strong, deliberate brushwork to convey ideas of space and perspective. Yi Chong, a Buddhist monk who came from a renowned family of artists, was a respected court painted during his short life. His work was heavily influenced by the Chinese tradition of the scholar-artist. The style of this painting invokes the Zhe School of Ming dynasty China, and the subject alludes to a poem by the Chinese poet Li...
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by Lilly Martin Spencer
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Standing amidst a bountiful harvest of fruits in a well-appointed bourgeois interior, the woman pictured here turns from her work to engage an unseen interloper (placed in the position of the viewer) in a playful flirtation. As the title implies, if the interloper tries to kiss her, he will receive a dousing of molasses from the spoon in her hand. Lilly Martin Spencer won popular acclaim in the mid-nineteenth century with anecdotal kitchen scenes such as this one, commissioned by the...
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by Harry C. Edwards
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In this studio portrait, the Brooklyn artist Harry Edwards painted the Native American Handsome Morning, wearing a fringed shift with painted emblems, a bead-and-quill necklace, beaded moccasins, and a ceremonial blanket of fur-lined buffalo hide painted with abstract motifs (a speciality of Dakota women). Edward's identification of his sitter as a Dakota, or a Sioux, is meaningful because the Sioux retained perhaps the most lasting hold on white imaginations owing to the charismatic Ghost...
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Betrothed but still unmarried, Mary and Joseph do not yet live together, making the news of her unexpected pregnancy a cause of deep concern for Joseph. Ordinarily industrious, as the curled wood shavings around his feet attest, the carpenter hunches over his bench, lost in thought and unable to work. In the hope of catching a glimpse of Mary, he gazes out at the street as women pass carrying jars filled with the day’s water. Although traditional representations of Joseph show a man of...
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by John Singer Sargent
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A leader among late nineteenth-century society portrait painters, John Singer Sargent also painted compelling landscape and figure subjects, including this image of his friend Paul César Helleu (1859–1927) and his wife, Alice. An Out-of-Doors Study was the product of one of Sargent's extended visits to the Broadway artists' colony in the Cotswolds, England, where he experimented with plein-air (out-of-doors) work and a freer, Impressionist-inspired technique. Although he employed loose,...
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The Harper’s Weekly issue in which this engraving appeared contained a brief history of the Louvre. The piece was introduced with a reference to Homer’s time in Paris, and the text extolled the Louvre for its invaluable role in aiding aspiring artists. In this drawing Homer concentrated on the growing number of women among the legions of students in Paris. These modern females are shown copying Eugène Delacroix’s The Death of Sardanapolous, 1826, a monumental canvas whose violent imagery...
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by Paul Cézanne
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Cézanne juxtaposes the blocky geometries of the townscape with the curling organic forms of rolling hills and vegetation. The shifting planes of the angular roofs and subtly shaded façades anticipate the experiments of the Cubists in the early twentieth century. Cézanne investigates tone as well as form, matching the warm ochers, oranges, and reds of the architecture with the cool, smoky blue-green of the foliage. An unfinished work with large visible expanses of a cream base coat, this...
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by Circle of Diego Quispe Tito
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by Workshop of Bernardino Luini
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The altarpiece of which this is a direct replica was commissioned from Luini in 1523 for the church of San Magno in the Northern Italian town of Legnano. Luini’s debt to his contemporary Leonardo da Vinci can be seen in the soft transitions in the modeling of the faces of the Madonna and Child, and in the similar sweetness of the angels’ expressions. The artistic mastery is evident not only in the rendering of human form, but also in the bravura artistry of the bubble above the Child’s...
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The legendary Iranian prince Gushtasp slays a terrifying dragon in this frequently illustrated scene from the Shāhnāma (Book of Kings), put to verse by the poet Firdawsi around 1010. Denied the throne by his father, the prince Gushtasp left Iran only to return triumphantly after proving his worth against the dragon. In this scene, Gushtasp fulfills one of the more serious princely roles as the brave and courageous protector of the people, suggesting that court life did not always involve pomp...
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by Kawanabe Kyosai
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by James Tissot
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Mary Magdalene, meeting the resurrected Christ, falls to the ground “thinking to resume her old place at the feet of Jesus and to embrace them,” as Tissot notes. While Christ had encouraged the Magdalene’s ministrations in an earlier scene, The Ointment of the Magdalene , now he counsels caution, warning, “Touch me not”; the time for such familiarity has passed. The Magdalene’s prostrate body and full, flowing hair provide a clear visual cross-reference, effectively linking the two...
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by William Holbrook Beard
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by Elihu Vedder
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In this brooding Symbolist subject titled Soul in Bondage , the American expatriate Elihu Vedder brought together his key interests in idealized human form, abstracted design, and the themes of internal spiritual conflict. Profoundly inspired by the writer Edward Fitzgerald's translation of mystical Persian verse in the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (Vedder illustrated a lush 1884 edition), he created numerous subjects representing the individual bound by the dilemma of choice between good and...
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by John La Farge
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by Edwin Lord Weeks
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While many nineteenth-century European artists were known for their “exotic” North African and Middle Eastern subjects, the American expatriate Edwin Lord Weeks was exceptional in also undertaking paintings based on three remarkable extended visits to India (in 1882, 1886, and 1892). In these works, Weeks’s virtuoso talent for the dynamic transcription of brilliant light and color allowed him to represent subjects that some genteel Western audiences might otherwise have found...
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by Ignacio Zuloaga y Zabaleta
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Captivated by the vivid nightlife of Parisian cabarets, Zuloaga painted its colorful performers, including the dancer Anita Ramírez. In keeping with the dramatic flair of her profession, Ramírez matches her almost theatrical costuming in a Spanish mantilla (a veil traditionally associated with modesty and decorum) with her confrontational gaze and cheeky pose. The painter explores the play of light over the shiny black satin of the dancer’s form-fitting dress as well as the gauzy texture of...
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by Nathaniel Currier
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In this canvas painted for the 1868 Salon, Degas combined, for the first time in his work, the narrative content, large scale, and complexity of history painting with the representation of modern life—in this instance, the ballet. Degas depicts the famous ballerina Eugénie Fiocre, at center in pale blue, in La Source , an elaborate production, with exotic costumes and sets, that also included bodies of water onstage and live horses. Painting the dancers at a pause in their rehearsal—note...
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Hiroshige brings us face to face with the celebrated "Sleeping Dragon Plum" of Kameido. This tree, the most famous in Edo, was known for the purity of its double blossoms, which, according to one Edo guidebook, were "so white when full in bloom as to drive off the darkness." We are so close that we can almost smell the tree's powerful fragrance, reputed to have lured the shogun Yoshimune as he passed nearby in the early eighteenth century. Object metadata can change over...
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by John Quidor
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Early ethnic stereotypes animate this painting based on one of the American author Washington Irving's raucous stores of life in colonial New York. In this scene from "The Adventure of the Black Fisherman," three money-mad characters hunt for treasure supposed to have been buried in a Dutch New York cemetery at the time of the British takeover. In painting the miserly Dutchman (far left), the sinister German sorcerer, and the superstitious black fisherman who led the group to the...
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by Max Weber
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Max Weber painted this small canvas the year after his marriage, and some scholars have attributed the quiet, decorative sensibility of this and other of his works to the calming influence of domestic life. In this Cubist rendering of a cellist, the figure's closed eyes hint at the ecstasies of making music. The shadowy profile of a woman's head that helps to define the musician's torso and merges with the cello may rely on a traditional iconography in which the curved shapes of the instrument...
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by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
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Los Caprichos , Goya's famous series of satirical etchings and aquatints, consists of eighty plates with text. "Since the artist is convinced that the censure of human errors and vices … may also be the object of painting," he wrote in 1799, "he has chosen subjects adequate for his work [ Los Caprichos ], from the multitude of follies and blunders common in every civil society, as well as from the vulgar prejudices, and lies authorized by custom, ignorance or interest, those...
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by Marsden Hartley
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A member of New York's cultural vanguard in the early decades of the twentieth century, Marsden Hartley embraced a modernist style long before many of his American peers. With the support of Alfred Stieglitz, a progressive photographer and gallery owner, Hartley spent the years between 1912 and 1915 in Paris and Berlin, where he was exposed to the latest artistic trends of Cubism and Expressionism. This painting displays these influences in its vibrant colors, loose brushwork, and arrangement...
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by William McGregor Paxton
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by Eastman Johnson
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Eastman Johnson drew his inspiration for this Civil War picture from an incident that reportedly occurred during the Battle of Antietam (1863) in which an injured drummer boy asked a comrade to carry him so that he could continue drumming his unit forward. The emblematic image of a heroic youth literally rising above the chaos of the battlefield resonated deeply with Northern audiences both during and after the war. Johnson’s initial drawing of the subject was exhibited in 1864 to foster...
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by Katsushika Hokusai
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by Elihu Vedder
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In this finished drawing, which demonstrates his masterful skill in the medium of charcoal, Elihu Vedder established the pose central to his Symbolist painting titled Soul in Bondage . In contrast to the finished painting’s fantastic, imaginary backdrop of arcing tonal bands, Vedder employed a more naturalistic setting here. It was perhaps the placid mood of the rippled water and setting sun in this image that led the artist to convey the figure’s inner turmoil more emphatically through the...
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by William Williams
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One of the most impressive American portraits of the colonial period, this work was made by William Williams, an itinerant artist who also worked as a sailor, music and dance instructor, sign painter, and theater set designer. His sitter, Deborah Hall (1751–1770), was the daughter of the Philadelphia printer David Hall, who had once been in partnership with Benjamin Franklin. The richness of Deborah's costume, the elaborate (though imaginary) garden setting, and the size of the picture all...
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by Odilon Redon
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By the 1840s, when he painted this view, Thomas Cole was at the fore of a new movement in American landscape painting that would later be known as the "Hudson River School." Cole and his circle produced expansive and relatively detailed views of the American Northeast, focusing on sights like this one, which were increasingly popular among the country's first tourists. The Mountain House was an early resort hotel set on a high Catskill Mountain plateau, from which visitors could look...
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by Eanger Irving Couse
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Although inspired by Native American music that he experience firsthand in the American Southwest, Eanger Irving Couse's numerous representations of Indian musician were highly generalized, as was his use of native details. (These figures are dressed in clothing broadly typical of Plains peoples.) His paintings this offered a romanticized, antimodern notion of Native Americans—a perspective that appealed to turn-of-the-century white audiences, who were increasingly fascinated with Indian art....
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by Kitagawa Utamaro
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by Circle of Diego Quispe Tito
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In colonial Peru, the ruling Spanish orchestrated the production and dispersal of religious imagery as testimony to the Christian mission of Spanish domination. This long narrative panel—which should be read from right to left—was produced in the Spanish colonial artistic center of Cuzco, Peru, a highland city that remained a stronghold of native Inca culture. While the artists working in Spanish-influenced painting guilds borrowed heavily from works by European artists in the local...
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When Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, he flouts rules against work and further upsets the devout. Although Jewish law permitted the saving of lives on the holy day, Jesus defies the rigid rules of the Sabbath by extending his help to a man afflicted but not threatened with death. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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by Bertha Lum
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Bertha Lum often found subject matter in the highly popular stories of Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904), an American writer living in Japan who adapted local legends and fairy tales for Western audiences. This woodcut illustrates the tragic story of Yuki-Anna, a wintry spirit who takes on human form in order to marry a young man she loves. When he betrays her secret identity, she transforms into snow and melts away forever. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum...
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by Robert Feke
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An X radiograph of this portrait reveals a compositional change invisible to the naked eye: the elimination of an elaborate blue drape that initially hung from the sitter's right shoulder and wrapped around her waist. It is impossible to say if the change was made at the sitter's request or was the decision of Robert Feke alone. Self-taught and remarkably talented, the Long Island-born Feke excelled at describing the rich satins and laces that served to demonstrate the wealth and status his...
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by Stanton MacDonald-Wright
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In 1912 Stanton MacDonald-Wright and his colleague Morgan Russell invented the term Synchromy to refer to their experiments in making abstract compositions whose primary emphasis was on color. Although both artists were inspired by Cubism, they set out to reassert the importance of color in relationship to line in the creation of form. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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by Albrecht Dürer
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by Joseph-Louis-Hippolyte Bellangé
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Throughout the embattled environment of the colonial Americas—above and below the equator—portraits served as potent symbols of political and social power. The Brooklyn Museum's strong holdings of Spanish colonial art afford an unusual opportunity to study American colonial portraiture on the broadest possible level. Portraits of the historical kings of the Inca dynasty of Peru—including this eighteenth-century example—were a type that originated in the context of the vying powers of...
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Throughout the embattled environment of the colonial Americas—above and below the equator—portraits served as potent symbols of political and social power. The Brooklyn Museum's strong holdings of Spanish colonial art afford an unusual opportunity to study American colonial portraiture on the broadest possible level. Portraits of the historical kings of the Inca dynasty of Peru—including this eighteenth-century example—were a type that originated in the context of the vying powers of...
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Although Matthew, Mark, and Luke all describe Christ’s temptations by Satan, Tissot cites only the version given by Luke. For reasons that remain unclear, he changes the order of the tests given by Luke. In Tissot’s first image, Satan abducts Jesus and soars to a precipitous height—emphasized by the low, bright horizon line in the distance. The shadowy darkness of the claw-toed devil contrasts with Jesus’ pristine white cloak. From their great height, Satan tempts Jesus with the many...
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Among the most popular Japanese prints in the West were the late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century ukiyo-e (literally "pictures of the floating world"), which depicted urban leisure pursuits, everyday life, and famous landscapes. Such prints presented Western artists with radically new approaches to figuration and compositional design in their flattening of three-dimensional forms, expressive stylization of the human body, and emphasis on decorative lines and patterns. Object...
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by Muhammad Hasan
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Prince Yahya, born in 1817, was the forty-third son of the Qajar ruler Fath ʿAli Shah (r. 1798–1834). A minor political figure in comparison with his powerful older half brothers, Prince Yahya at the age of five was appointed governor of Gilan, where he was assisted by Muʿtamid al-Dawla, who is portrayed on a lacquer mirror case displayed nearby. The prince’s name and title are inscribed in a cartouche, or ornamental frame for inscriptions, at the upper left. He wears the crown and...
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While Jesus traveled extensively across the countryside during his ministry, visiting villages and cities as well as the wilderness, he returned to Jerusalem, and its Temple, for the episodes depicted in Holy Week and the Passion. This expansive but highly detailed watercolor sets the scene for many of the key episodes of the narrative and provides a historical reconstruction of the ancient city with its towering battlements, a view imagined from the Mount of Olives. The Temple complex appears...
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by John J. Audubon; Robert Havell Jr.
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by John J. Audubon
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by Antonio Casanova y Estorach
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by Albrecht Dürer
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Kyōsai studied many different types of painting and borrowed freely from varied sources when creating his own, innovative print designs. He shared his expertise in Japanese art history in his Treatise on Painting , which offers an analysis of various painting styles and schools as well as discussions of his place within those traditions. The volumes offer a valuable glimpse of how Meiji period artists understood their own artistic heritage. Kyōsai spent only two years training in the studio...
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by Indian
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by John J. Audubon
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by James Tissot
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In an image that recalls centuries of precedents, Christ’s loved ones have gathered to draw down his body for burial. Each nail is carefully removed, Tissot explains, before the legs are swathed in linen and the body, held in a long band of material, is slowly lowered into the upraised arms of the Virgin Mary, who is clad in blue. She is joined by the Magdalene, who once more wipes the feet of Jesus, and Saint John the Evangelist, who stands at the foot of the cross holding the shroud with...
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by Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
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by Antoin Sevruguin
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by Arthur Wesley Dow
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In the 1890s, Arthur Wesley Dow discovered the art of Japan through his close friendship with Ernest Fenollosa (1853–1908), America's leading Asian art expert and a curator at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. For Dow, Japanese art represented a radical departure from what he perceived as the stagnant style of naturalism dominating his early oeuvre and the Boston art world. He explored his new sensibility in color woodcuts, such as this one, that render a landscape as an almost abstract...
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by Asher B. Durand
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Asher B. Durand’s composition depicts an expanse of rugged terrain and forests under stormy skies. This American wilderness yields to progress as a lone farmer reaps his first harvest in a field, still dotted with the stumps of recently cleared trees and gleaming under a sudden shaft of light that penetrates the heavy clouds. A boulder resting by the side of the road identifies our glorified pioneer by name as “Graham.” Using funds bequeathed by one of its founders, Augustus Graham, the...
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Louis Comfort Tiffany's beginnings as a painter have been overshadowed by his stunning achievements as a decorator and stained-glass designer. Yet this early work, which records the scene in terms of colored light filtering through veils of blowing sand, reveals a sensitivity to luminous colors that would also characterize his later pursuits in other media. Although Tiffany's orientalist paintings were studio productions, they grew mainly from his own observations of places he had visited (he...
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Taking shelter underneath a sturdy oak, an elegantly, if scantily clad young woman—perhaps separated from her party of nature-seekers—tearfully cowers as powerful winds whip at her gauzy attire. In this picture, exhibited at the Salon of 1799, Bonnemaison pays homage to the era's prevailing, classically inspired tastes: the young woman wears the high-waisted, muslin robe à l'antique and delicate cothurnes , or sandals, that became all the rage for fashionable French women in the 1790s. At...
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Paying his usual rigorous attention to researching the settings for his interpretation of the narrative, Tissot places the episode of Jesus’ birth in one of the caves in the mountains in and around Bethlehem, a departure from visual tradition, which often locates the Nativity in a stable. Unable to find rooms in the town, Mary and Joseph take shelter here. In his commentary, Tissot explains the presence of animals who gaze upon the newborn Jesus by noting that shepherds often used these caves...
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by James Tissot
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From Solomon’s Porch in the Temple complex, Jesus berates a large crowd of the devout for the killing of the prophets and predicts their rejection of him. Tissot paints Christ with his back turned to the viewer, an isolated figure. Object metadata can change over time, please check the Brooklyn Museum object record for the latest information.
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by Winslow Homer
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Winslow Homer was and still is considered one of the greatest masters of watercolor for his intuitive understanding of this liquid medium. He produced a large body of works in watercolor (about double the number of oil paintings), many of which remain unrivaled in their expressive power. In this picture of remote fishing grounds in Florida, he captured the tropical landscape on an overcast day with a complex combination of freely brushed, liquid washes and dry strokes of paint (to articulate...
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by Christian Rohlfs
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Kyōsai studied many different types of painting and borrowed freely from varied sources when creating his own, innovative print designs. He shared his expertise in Japanese art history in his Treatise on Painting , which offers an analysis of various painting styles and schools as well as discussions of his place within those traditions. The volumes offer a valuable glimpse of how Meiji period artists understood their own artistic heritage. Kyōsai spent only two years training in the studio...
Topics: art, Asian Art